AMD Ryzen 7000 processors based on the Zen 4 architecture slated for a September 2022 launch
Rumours about the tentative Zen 4 based Ryzen 7000 series Raphael processors' launch date have been all over the place. Some reports speculated that they'd hit shelves as early as July 2022 after a Computex annoumcement. However, none of the leaks that came after corroborated it, even though the information came from a highly credible source. Now, a new report from DigiTimes says that the CPUs will be unveiled in September 2022. To put things in perspective, its predecessor, the Ryzen 5000 series, was unveiled on November 5, 2020.
The information isn't very surprising, given that Raphael already entered mass production in late March 2022. It will be the first AMD CPUs to use TSMC's 5 nm manufacturing node, putting it on the same playing field as Intel's Meteor Lake processors, which will reportedly ditch the company's in-house foundry for TSMC N5 and N4 nodes. Among other things, Zen 4 is slated to support blazing-fast DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0, bringing Team Red on par with Alder Lake. Core counts are unlikely to go up, with the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7950X sticking to AMD's tried-and tested 16-core design.
The DigiTimes report adds that there are some Zen 4 based EPYC parts in the pipeline slated for a 2023 launch. A previous leak talked about Threadripper SKUs based on the same archutecture, but the supposed 96-core part will be available to OEMs only. All in all, H2 2022 will be jam packed with high-profile launches, such as Intel's Meteor Lake processors, AMD's Radeon RX 7000 and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4000 series of graphics cards.